San Francisco Chronicle
Balancing act works for Bears
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Asha Thomas led a balanced attack with 17 points and the No. 24 Cal women won their sixth straight, defeating cold-shooting Kentucky 62-52 on Thursday.
Mikayla Cowling added 15 points, including 10 in the second quarter that was critical for the Bears (9-2). Kianna Smith, who matched Thomas’ three three-pointers, added 14 points and Penina Davidson had 13.
“I’m very intentional with scheduling and we wanted to get an SEC team on the road to give our players that challenge,” Cal head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “I hoped we would be ready for it and I think we proved that today we were.”
The Bears prevailed even though center Kristine Anigwe, who leads the team at 17 points per game, managed only two and committed eight turnovers.
Maci Morris led Kentucky (8-5), which has lost four straight, with 21 points. Despite 25 offensive rebounds and 24 more shots, the Wildcats finished at a season-low 26.5 percent (18-for-68), shooting better from beyond the arc (7-for-20).
Cal took control with a 10-0 run to close the third quarter.